Protect Abortion Access in Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court is threatening to overturn nearly 50 years of settled case law and remove the federal protection for abortion, leaving state law in Pennsylvania to ensure access to this essential health care service.

Abortion happens for many reasons: In cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, among others. That’s why the right for a person to make their own reproductive health care choices is vital. Politicians don’t belong in our doctors’ offices.

Republicans, who have controlled the General Assembly for a decade and constantly attacked women’s health care rights, have introduced multiple anti-abortion bills recently and, right now, the only thing standing in the way of abortion bans becoming law in Pennsylvania is Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto pen.

Plainly put, abortion access is under attack in Pennsylvania.

That’s why you need to make your voice heard. Tell the Republicans who control the General Assembly to keep their bans off your body!

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Justice for Survivors

DEMAND CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS GET THE JUSTICE THEY DESERVE

Survivors of decades-old child sexual abuse deserve to have their day in court and achieve justice against their abusers.

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office released a report providing the evidence for what we already knew thanks to brave survivors who spoke out: Over 70 years, thousands of Pennsylvanian children were sexually abused by clergy within the Catholic church.

Sadly, many of these survivors have not been able to get the justice they deserve due to a statute of limitations that protects child predators and abusers.

Rep. Mark Rozzi has been fighting for justice for these survivors for years and his H.B. 951, which creates a two-year window for survivors to take their abusers to court, has now overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives but is languishing in the Senate.

Please join us in demanding Senators Corman and Ward bring up H.B. 951 for a vote and allow survivors of serial sexual abusers their day in court.

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CROWN Act

Help Us End Hair Discrimination in Pennsylvania

Did you know that it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace, at school, or even in recreational activities in the state of Pennsylvania, simply based on how you choose to wear your natural hair?  Well, it’s true.  Hair discrimination remains a source of racial injustice and it has serious consequences for African Americans who choose to wear their hair in its natural state.

The Pennsylvania CROWN Act believes that natural hair should be embraced and that there should be no space where wearing one’s natural hair is deemed unacceptable, inappropriate, or unprofessional.  Therefore, legislation has been introduced in the PA House of Representatives and in the Senate.  This legislation is known as the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), and it is not just about hair, but about protecting everyone’s Human Rights.

Join the movement to end race-based hair discrimination by signing on to this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to vote YES on PA CROWN Act (HB 1066 and SB 531), so that we can put an end to race-based hair discrimination.  Twenty-two states have or have already passed similar legislation in their states and the Federal government has passed similar legislation in the house of Representatives.

Please make your voice heard.  Tell the Republicans who control the Pennsylvania General Assembly to end raised-based hair discrimination, by voting YES on the CROWN Act.

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Free The Funds

Pennsylvania is currently sitting on billions of YOUR tax dollars that should be reinvested in YOU.

Thanks to Gov. Wolf's strong financial stewardship, higher-than-expected tax revenue and federal stimulus money, Pennsylvania has a surplus of over $9 billion that could be improving your community, strengthening your schools, fixing the roads and bridges you drive on, and helping lift up millions of struggling Pennsylvanians - all WITHOUT raising taxes.

Unfortunately, Republicans in Harrisburg say they want to save all these billions of extra tax dollars for a rainy day. They don't understand that for thousands of businesses, workers, and families, it's been pouring for years.

When a business has extra cash on hand, it invests that cash to strengthen itself for the future. Pennsylvania can do the same. Sign this petition to call on Republicans in Harrisburg to #FreeTheFunds and put YOUR tax dollars to work.

 

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Support PA Nurses and Other Essential Workers

The work of nurses and other medical workers is key to helping all of us stay well or recover from serious illness and injury. Yet there are not enough of them to go around and we are in danger of losing many because their working conditions are so difficult. This crisis got even worse during the long Covid pandemic. For the sake of all patients and their families, we need to relieve the pressure on these essential health workers.

Forcing nurses to work too much overtime or care for too many patients at once leads to bad outcomes. For the benefit of patients, safe staffing levels need to be spelled out by state law. And it’s not right to claim we value health care workers but not reward them for their work. We must make sure that these heroes helping us and our families during the toughest times are recognized for taking on this special work.

Please use the form below to send a message to Harrisburg and urge lawmakers there to pass two bills ready to make a difference today.

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Defending Democracy

Last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol – led by a mob that was persuaded by lies to attempt to prevent certification of the presidential election and create a dictatorship in the United States -- was a stark reminder of just how fragile our democracy is unless all of us constantly work together to protect it. PA House Democrats are pursuing a legislative package that is aimed squarely at defending and strengthening our democracy. Provisions would streamline and secure the election process while protecting voting access for every eligible voter in Pennsylvania.

You can help by encouraging the passage of this important legislation.

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Protect the lives of Pennsylvanians

Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis. When far too many people are losing friends and family members to gun violence, we must do everything possible to protect the lives of Pennsylvanians. Unfortunately, Republicans in Harrisburg are failing to protect Pennsylvanians by undoing commonsense gun safety laws, making it legal for anyone in the state to openly carry firearms of any kind in public and lowering the age at which teens can legally carry guns.

This will dramatically increase gun violence across our state by making it more like the Wild West, with concealed guns carried on every street corner by anyone who chooses to do so, with or without a permit. At a time when we need Harrisburg to help our businesses and communities recover from COVID-19, Harrisburg Republicans are working on behalf of the gun lobby, not in support of safer communities in Pennsylvania.  You can voice your opposition by telling House Republicans that putting more guns on the street not what Pennsylvanians want.

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Raise the minimum wage for working families, Pennsylvania’s economy

Working hard is at the core of what Pennsylvanians are about. Raising the minimum wage is about economic fairness and economic sense: every state around Pennsylvania has a higher minimum wage. It’s also about boosting our state's economy. Raising the minimum wage would put more money in the pockets of low-wage workers, money that would be spent on goods and services in our local businesses.

Fill out the form to email legislative leaders and your state lawmakers to let them know that you support an increase in the minimum wage.

 

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